Manila, Philippines –With barely a month before graduation rites in public elementary and secondary schools nationwide take place, Education Secretary Armin Luistro yesterday reminded school officials and heads to strictly comply with the policy of the Department of Education (DepEd).
Through DepEd Order No. 9, Series of 2013, released to all bureau and regional directors, schools city/division superintendents, and heads of public and private elementary and secondary schools, Luistro reiterated DepEd’s “no collection policy” as well as other guidelines in the conduct of this year’s graduation rites.
“In line with the government’s austerity program, the DepEd reiterated its graduation rites policy as contained in DepEd Order No. 9, Series of 2012,” Luistro said.
The order stated that “public school heads (SHs), teachers, and other DepEd personnel should not be allowed to collect any graduation fees or any kind of contribution for the graduation rites.”
Luistro said that only Parents-Teachers Associations (PTAs) “may give donations in cash or in kind for the graduation ceremonies and celebrations.” When it comes to requirements for graduation, he added, “no non-academic projects should be imposed” by the teachers or the school heads among their students.
To ease financial burden of parents, Luistro said that “no extravagant special attire or extraordinary venue for the ceremonies should be required.” To those who want to avail of the yearbook, he stressed, contributions for it, if any, “should be on a voluntary basis.” (Ina Hernando Malipot)
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